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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-15-2018

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY FRANK SOUZA shows off the 1948 Chevy Suburban he plans to have restored by this summer. Souza says state and local laws on old cars make it difficult to be a hobbyist. Charter Review Commission recommends 4-year terms CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Charter Review Commission is recommending that two-year terms for local politicians go the way of dial-up internet and pay phones. Chairman Dave Chenevert said the proposal that the town adopt four-year terms was the most significant one to come out of the commission's work that started last May and was completed last week. Under the recommendation, officials would also be limited to no more than two terms in office, or no more than eight years repre- senting constituents. "I don't know what the general public's feeling is going to be about it," said Chenevert. The Town Council will have to approve any of the recom- mended changes from the com- mission in order for them to go on the November ballot, and Cumberland voters would then have the chance to say yes or no to each one. Council-approved By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Mellen named LMS principal Questions remain on McNamara's future LINCOLN – Lincoln native Thomas J. Mellen has been named principal of Lincoln Middle School, the School Committee announced at its meeting Monday. Mellen has served as principal of the Edward A. Ricci Middle School in North Providence for two years, previ- ously serving for two years as assis- tant principal. Mellen, a graduate of Lincoln High School, returns to LMS after having served as a special educator in the Lincoln district for 14 years. Mellen said, "It was very difficult to leave the current system I'm in, but this is my hometown and my main goal is to make the middle school a place of excellence for all students, and I'd like to thank all of you for the opportunity." Speaking on the appointment at Monday's meeting, Supt. Georgia By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Cumberland officials want junk cars put away CUMBERLAND – Frank Souza recently acquired a 1948 Chevy Suburban once used as a school bus on a native American reserva- tion. Souza, 83, says the unusual vehicle may look like a pile of junk now, but it will be ready to drive by summer. Driving by Souza's home at 1775 Diamond Hill Road, one might never guess that he has some 16 cars, boats and trailers on the prop- erty, all in varying states of repair. According to Souza, a new ordi- nance proposed by Cumberland officials to ban unregistered vehi- cles from being kept on private property would hurt people such as himself who aren't harming anyone with their hobby. Town officials are now reworking the ordinance, first presented at a meeting on Feb. 21, in part to allow unregistered vehicles to be kept under cover and out of sight. Deputy Town Solicitor Chris Alger said the intent of the propos- al is not to go after residents such as Souza, but to address complaints By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See JUNK CARS, Page 9 MELLEN See PRINCIPAL, Page 6 See CHARTER, Page 4 CHENEVERT ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 15-21, 2018 Looking for a new home? You're in luck, we're here to help you! Happy St. Patrick's Day to All! Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil, Carol LaMontagne & Keri LaMontagne-Croteau Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MeMber 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM

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